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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links


The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning by Sophia Prester

'Unlike other dignitaries he had met in London Below, the Ringmistress was not given to layers of velvet and lace. Rather, she could have stepped straight out of Swinging London, right down to the yellow-and-black checkered shift dress and white patent go go boots.' The various strands in this novella-length sequel don't always bind together, but the individual pieces are engaging, and the inventive OC alone is worth the price of admission

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

Headstone by Oneiriad

'It rises impossible huge, the sloth, dwarfing the mountain and the statue at its top, the whole city in its shadow -- at least, that's one way of interpreting the twisting lines and wavy patterns of the panel. It might simply be that the artist had a unique take on the concept of perspective.' Hunter's life in glimpses, fabulous & disorienting as all good Neverwhere tales should be. The frame story is particularly enjoyable

[Added 28/01/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

The Invisible City; or, Dick Mayhew and his Marvellous Cat by Calliope85

'In the spaces below and above and between and through London, rivers became ditches became sewers became streets, and history flowed into fable.' This Gaimanesque sequel is packed with richly researched detail as it slowly builds to a climax that's both surprising & inevitable. Simply wonderful

[Added 10/11/2008; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

The Never-Green Tree by Sophia Prester

'"We here at the Three Crowns only guarantee the veracity and quality of our information. We do not guarantee that our clients will like what they hear."' Sophia Prester neatly meshes two common sequel plots. The result is worth a try for its inventive take on London Below alone

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]

Utterly Professional by Kumquat Weekend

'Another corner. And another, down into the bowels of the palace that the emperor knew better than any person alive. Yet the voices drew nearer, one flat as mud and one oily as a pig carcass.' An original look at Croup & Vandemar through the ages, always changing but always the same

[Added 10/11/2008; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere]